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WSJ: McCain, Coons to Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Grant Dreamers Path to Citizenship

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By    |   Sunday, 04 February 2018 09:04 PM

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will introduce a bipartisan citizenship plan on Monday for young immigrants known as Dreamers in order to reach a budget deal before funding for the federal government runs out this Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The proposal, though, doesn’t include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border like President Donald Trump has asked for.

"It's time we end the gridlock so we can quickly move on to completing a long-term budget agreement that provides our men and women in uniform the support they deserve," McCain said in a statement Sunday.

"While reaching a deal cannot come soon enough for America's service members, the current political reality demands bipartisan cooperation to address the impending expiration of the DACA program and secure the southern border," he said.

DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allowed people who illegally came to the United States as children with their parents to stay if they met certain criteria. Trump ended DACA in September with a six-month delay and said Congress needed to come up with a solution for the affected Dreamers.

The bill would give Dreamers who have lived in the U.S. since Dec. 31, 2013, legal status and a path to citizenship. The measure is similar to legislation in the House from Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.

The proposal would also order a study to figure out what border security measures are needed, provide a $110 million annual grant to Homeland Security for five years to "improve coordination between border-patrol agents and state and local law-enforcement officials," according to the WSJ, and clear the buildup in the immigration-court system.

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Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will introduce a bipartisanship citizenship plan on Monday for young immigrants known as Dreamers in order to reach a budget deal before funding for the federal government runs out this Friday.
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